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Why don't they finish anime series?
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Posted 9/10/12 , edited 9/10/12
What I can't stand are the artificial endings these anime sometimes do. Claymore in particular drove me up a wall. (That manga is still continuing as well) Often, the endings rival Evangelion for incomprehensibility. Elfen Lied, for example, where they ended it with the clock starting working. ?????

Ah My Goddess! really doesn't count as an anime that doesn't finish, since it's mostly a collection of self-contained story-arcs, so you can do some seasons, and properly end each season with the end of a story-arc, without savaging the storyline from the originating manga. Oh, and the manga is still going, and it's getting interesting right now, as we approach either the end, or the start, of a grand story arc between Keiichi and Belldandy. THAT REMINDS ME! There is one major disappointment I have with this anime vs the manga version! In the manga, there is so much racing, of which only a minor dribble has made it into the anime! I really wish for more story arcs like "The Queen of the Mountain" had made it into anime form!

I've come to appreciate the manga versions of all these anime, as a result, so I can see how things were supposed to end!
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Des85 wrote:

In this business, money is all they care about.
They couldn't care less if the fans love it and want more as long as those fans aren't maaaaany :P


I wouldn't say it's all they care about, but it definitely is a business. Making an anime is very expensive. They won't stay in business very long if they can't make a profit.
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Yes. When what you do feeds your family and pays the bills, it's hard not to be concerned about actually making a profit. If we could all make money by doing unprofitable things, the world wouldn't be in this mess it's in!
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Posted 9/10/12
I don't consider that there are many good shows that were unfinished,or rushed to be finished. I think must of the worst situations comes when the anime reach the manga/novel plot, and so they have to create spin-off's, or create it's own story, a good example of this is the case of Fullmetal alchemist, the first show has this completely frustrating history "ending". Then they produce the reboot with the original plot, which was a complete success. Other than, I don't think you have too much to be worried about, it's quite normal to have to wait for a second or third season just like movies or western series.
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Posted 9/10/12 , edited 9/10/12

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teenageriot wrote:


mellickson wrote:

I guess I have to get into the manga then, though I prefer the anime format. I didn't know that "Ah! My Goddess" was still running. I must have tastes that differ greatly from the masses, because I have the same issue with the few American shows I've liked - Angel, Farscape, and Firefly, to name a few.


Angel was on for five seasons and was given a proper series finale. And if that wasn't enough there was the comic book series that came afterwards. Sure a sixth season would've been great but at least it wasn't cancelled abruptly. Could you imagine how terrible it would've been if they cancelled it after Season 4? All those cliffhangers and stuff...


A proper ending? Angel was meant to have at least two more seasons. When he found out it was canceled all he did was kill off a bunch of the main characters (just like he did to Firefly in the Serenity movie). That's not a proper ending.


The only main character to die in Serenity was Wash. Everyone else lived another day. (And hopefully for another series as I said on the previous page)

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Most of the times it is about profits. Series like Naruto, Bleach etc. make a lot of profits that's why they continue! It's sad that a lot of really great anime get cut short because of low profits! However, the shows actually continue, what is cut short is the anime! There are so many anime that have crap endings that make absolutely no sense. This happens because the company that creates the anime change up the ending. Most of the time the company that produces the anime does not produce the manga, so they are different. Companies like Funamation, Viz Media etc. are pretty notable(In my opinion). So don't get worked up, because all most all manga run longer than the anime. I watched Rosario+Vampire and I was pretty upset that it was cancelled without a proper ending! However, I read the manga and it goes way pass the anime. So basically what I'm saying is that if you really want to see how those anime end, then read the manga or light novel. There are no fillers or stupid added episodes! It gets straight to the point (most of the time).
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Posted 9/10/12 , edited 9/10/12

-Chris311- wrote:


mellickson wrote:


teenageriot wrote:


mellickson wrote:

I guess I have to get into the manga then, though I prefer the anime format. I didn't know that "Ah! My Goddess" was still running. I must have tastes that differ greatly from the masses, because I have the same issue with the few American shows I've liked - Angel, Farscape, and Firefly, to name a few.


Angel was on for five seasons and was given a proper series finale. And if that wasn't enough there was the comic book series that came afterwards. Sure a sixth season would've been great but at least it wasn't cancelled abruptly. Could you imagine how terrible it would've been if they cancelled it after Season 4? All those cliffhangers and stuff...


A proper ending? Angel was meant to have at least two more seasons. When he found out it was canceled all he did was kill off a bunch of the main characters (just like he did to Firefly in the Serenity movie). That's not a proper ending.


The only main character to die in Serenity was Wash. Everyone else lived another day. (And hopefully for another series as I said on the previous page)



Shepard Book also died. So there were two killed, not a bunch, but still, why kill any of them? The way he killed Wash was retarded too. :-P Also, Whedon has already said that he would have nothing to do with a resurrected Firefly, and Fox has said that they won't sell the rights to the show, and also have no interest in continuing it. Unless something has changed recently, it won't be coming back, sadly.
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Eeehh, Book wasn't that important and was just irritating And Wash's death was Epic, especially the piloting scene leading up to it. It was unexpected but man was that a way for a hero to go out.

And the last thing I heard about Firefly being resurrected were rumors of Netflix possibly buying the rights. But that was last year and I would of thought we would have heard something about it by now.
The "Help Nathan Buy Firefly" Facebook page is still active which shows that interest is still there.

Nathan Fillion is the actor I want to play as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie. He fits the character so well (And looks like him too)



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Yeah, he would be perfect for that role.
Posted 9/11/12 , edited 9/11/12
It might be because the creator lost interest and moved onto another project. Or it could be due to lack of viewership. Without viewers, there's no profit and if there's no profit, than there's not enough money to continue airing the show. Creating even one episode takes a lot of money.
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Rosario Vampire would have been one of the better anime series had they actually followed the damn manga. I wonder what made them think going the fan service route would have been better than following the awesome story they had going on
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Not making enough profit from the anime
Low DVD / Blu-Ray sales
Not enough audience interest or a big enough audience to target
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Posted 9/12/12
I tend to find that if an anime series ends it makes me more likely to go on and read the manga, so if you really are bothered about the story I suppose you could do that.
But I guess it is like anything, people will be reluctant to keep something going if there is nothing (or very little) in it for them.
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Posted 9/13/12 , edited 9/13/12

vangtk wrote:

Its the business model in Japan. You have to pay to put your anime on the air. Your real money maker is your manga and assorted collectibles. Unless your anime is insanely popular, aka Naruto, its probably only set for a one or two season run. The anime is just meant to get you interested enough to go get the manga. Occasionally, the popularity of the series will cause the studio to reconsider and release the manga ending, as was the case with Inuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist.


This. From what I understand, an anime adaptation is usually meant as a marketing ploy to get more people to buy the manga. If you get impatient and can't wait for next week's episode, or want to see how the story ends, your only option is to buy the manga. And then hopefully you get hooked and continue to buy each successive volume after the anime finishes.

It's not very often that an anime is adapted from a manga that's finished. I can only think of...4 series that did so (Fullmetal Alchemist, Cyborg 009 (movie), Black Jack, Toward the Terra). I guess it's usually only used for ones that have passed into the realm of "classics."
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